Mumbai, July 20, 2013: More than 90% of the schools in Mumbai have failed to meet the infrastructure norms under the Right to Education (RTE) Act.
Of the 1,703 schools in the city, 1,600 have been blacklisted by the education department for not fulfilling 10 norms — having boundary walls, adequate toilets, drinking water facilities, kitchen sheds, ramps for handicapped students, etc.
As the deadline for compliance with the norms expires on August 31, the state education department has issued notices to erring schools.
A list of these schools will be submitted to th
New Delhi, July 18, 2013: A “National Consultation on School Water, Sanitation and Hygiene” (WASH) was organised by Plan India, an organisation that deals with child-centred community development, here on Wednesday. The event shared the achievements of the programme with key decision-makers and other stakeholders and advocated the need to scale up child-friendly facilities. Chief guest , Secretary in Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation Pankaj Jain, said the States have to gear up their implementation process so far as WASH was concerned.
London, July 12, 2013: Pakistani girl shot by the Taliban for going to school, Malala Yousafzai, will address the United Nations in New York on the day of her 16th birthday on Friday,
The Malala Day event has been organized by Gordon Brown, former British Prime Minister and now U.N. Special Envoy for Global Education.
According to CBS News, in an interview Brown said that the frail young girl who was seriously injured has become such a powerful symbol not just for the girls' right to education, but for the demand that we do something about it immediately.
Nagpur, July 11, 2013: Though the state government has been promoting 25% seats quota under Right To Education Act (RTE), the latest admission figures are discouraging. In the six districts of Nagpur division, about 71% seats under RTE are still vacant and the state government has reminded school managements they cannot give it to general category students.
Lucknow, July 7, 2013: Under the Right to Education Act, the Uttar Pradesh government has decided to reimburse Rs 450 per student to private schools for education of students belonging to disadvantaged and weaker sections.
July 8, 2013: With Malala Yousafzai's set to visit United Nations Headquarters on Friday, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today highlighted the importance of ensuring global access to quality education, and stressed that no girl or boy should face unsafe circumstances when exercising this basic right.
“On 12 July, Malala will be joined by hundreds of students from more than 80 countries in a unique Youth Assembly, where diplomats will take a back seat as young people take over the UN,” Mr. Ban said in an op-ed for the Huffington Post.